“Confession is good for the soul.”
As goes the old saying, but is it accurate? Confession is good for your soul when you are confessing what the Lord says we must all confess in Romans 10:9.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
I have believed in my heart and confessed with my mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe me it is good for my soul! My soul is saved from sin, and one day I will be in Heaven with Christ. But what about other confessions? Is it good or necessary for me to confess to a Priest or Pastor? Is that good for my soul? Well, the answer is No! Now that I have made the Confession of faith in Jesus Christ I do not need to confess my sins to any one except my Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 4:14)
You see even though I am saved from my sin I still commit sins. I hate it! But it happens. As long as we are here and living in these fleshly temples we will have a battle raging. The Spirit vs. the Flesh. One of the greatest realities for a believer is found in 1 John 1:9,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Confession is good for the soul! If you are a believer your sin has been paid for and forgiven. (Isaiah 38:17, Psalms 103:12) Even those sins that we commit after that moment of salvation have been forgiven. When we sin and refuse to confess, our souls are burdened down and cannot function as God wishes them to. God wants us to confess!
In the greek the word confess is a compound word (homologeo). It literally means “same word”. In this case, we are to say what God says about our sin.
Confession is good for the soul when we…
1. Admit that what we are doing, saying, or thinking is sin. Why is this so hard? It is the beginning of a “good” process, but it is incredibly hard to initiate!
2. Realize that Christ is faithful and just. He is faithful to forgive, but just to convict. I am thankful for both!
3. Remember that Christ is faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This enables us to have fellowship with God, and be ready for service!
So there is a lot of truth in that old saying, confession is good for the soul. Just remember the good comes from knowing Who to confess to. Confess to the One who can actually do something about it!